Alex Romain is a leading national trial lawyer with more than 18 years’ experience in high-stakes complex civil and corporate litigation, securities litigation and enforcement, and white-collar criminal defense. Mr. Romain previously was a litigation partner for 10 years at Williams & Connolly LLP, in Washington, D.C. From his successful defense against a $1.6 billion professional liability suit to his innovative work on the historic Senator Ted Stevens case, Mr. Romain has represented a variety of clients in their most important matters. These include Fortune 500 corporations and executives in federal and state courts throughout the country, before the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in arbitrations, congressional investigations, and administrative proceedings. Mr. Romain is the Chair of the firm’s Professional Liability Defense Practice.
“One of the best criminal defense performances in memory.”
-The American Lawyer
Mr. Romain was a member of the trial team that exonerated the late Senator Ted Stevens, playing a key role in pursuing the exculpatory evidence that ultimately led to the Senator’s victory. The American Lawyer has described his team’s work on the case as “one of the best criminal defense performances in memory, resulting in a heightened scrutiny of prosecutors that will affect the Justice Department for years to come.” Mr. Romain also successfully represented the former Chairman and CEO of Fannie Mae against securities fraud claims in which the plaintiff sought more than $2 billion in damages, and the court awarded his client summary judgment on all counts.
Mr. Romain has been recognized in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation as a local “Litigation Star” in the area of general commercial litigation. In 2015, Mr. Romain was featured in Law360’s “Minority Powerbrokers” series and was selected to Savoy Magazine’s list of “Most Influential Black Lawyers.” In 2010, the National Law Journal named Mr. Romain to its “Appellate Hot List” for his work as lead attorney in the favorable decision, In re Fannie Mae Securities Litigation, 552 F.3d 814 (D.C. Cir. 2009), a decision that affirmed the trial court’s holding a government agency in contempt. For his work at the Department of Justice, in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Mr. Romain received the U.S. Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award for Outstanding Service.
Mr. Romain has litigated privilege and conflicts issues on behalf of private equity and accounting firms. He has also defended individuals and corporations against allegations of campaign finance violations, obstruction of justice, bank fraud, environmental pollution, theft, fraudulent misappropriation, and attempted murder.
On a pro bono basis, Mr. Romain has served as counsel to the Sitar Arts Center, in Washington, DC, and he served as a Board Member of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, in Washington, D.C.
In 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia appointed Mr. Romain to serve as Chairman of the U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel. He served on the District of Columbia Bar’s Legal Ethics Committee from 2009 to 2014, and has been an adjunct faculty member at American University’s Washington College of Law. Mr. Romain has a native fluency in French and is proficient in Spanish.
BUSINESS TRIALS AND LITIGATION
- As lead counsel, representing a leading global professional services company in an ongoing $800 million actuarial malpractice lawsuit.
- Successfully defended an international, New York-based law firm against a $1.6 billion corporate meltdown claim brought by a bankruptcy trustee.
- Successfully represented the Baltimore Ravens and several of its senior personnel in connection with the independent investigation conducted into the National Football League’s handling of the Ray Rice controversy and Mr. Rice’s grievance against the Ravens.
- Won summary judgment on all counts in a $2 billion securities class action case, representing the former chairman and CEO of Fannie Mae against securities fraud claims.
- As co-lead counsel, successfully represented a global professional services company in an $80 million ERISA breach of fiduciary duty case alleging negligent investment advice.
- Successfully defended the former CFO of a major oil services company in connection with an SEC enforcement investigation involving allegations of accounting fraud, after which the SEC declined to bring any charges against the former CFO.
- Defended a global professional services company in connection with the Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s investigation of the proposed mergers of Anthem with Cigna and Aetna with Humana, and represented the company in the federal litigation brought by the Department of Justice in United States v. Anthem, et al., and United States v. Aetna, et al.
- Successfully defended a major stock exchange in connection with a securities class action lawsuit.
- Represented a global alternative investment firm in a $65 million civil case.
- Successfully defended a for-profit college in connection with state and federal investigations of allegedly false representations and fraudulent recruiting practices.
- Won summary judgment on all counts in a $500 million legal malpractice suit against an international law firm.
WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL DEFENSE
- Successfully defended the late Senator Ted Stevens on criminal charges that he made false statements on federal disclosure forms. Mr. Romain played a leading role in pursuing the exculpatory evidence that ultimately led to the senator’s exoneration.
- As co-lead counsel, defended the owner of a health care company in a two-week federal criminal trial, in Little Rock, Arkansas, on six counts of bribery, conspiracy, and honest services fraud (July 2016).
- As lead counsel, defended an individual in a week-long trial on charges of attempted murder.
- Defended a leading cruise line company in a grand jury investigation regarding alleged environmental pollution.
- As lead counsel, defended an individual on charges of theft and fraudulent misappropriation.
- Defended Washington, D.C., businessman in connection with U.S. Attorney’s investigation into the financing of a 2010 “shadow campaign” on behalf of former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and charges of obstruction of justice and campaign finance violations.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter
- Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (2014 – Present)
- Beverly Hills Bar Association
- Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers’ Association
- Board Member, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, DC (2012-2017)
- District of Columbia Bar Legal Ethics Committee (2009-2014)
- Board Member, Little Folks School, Washington, DC (2010-2016)
- American Bar Association Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Working Group (2007 – 2009)
- Co-Chair, ABA White Collar Crime Section, Diversity Sub-Committee
- Panelist, “Secondary Actor Liability Under State Securities Statutes,” at the ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference (September 2017)
- Presenter, “The Nuts & Bolts of Government Investigations,” CLE Presentation to in-house counsel (August 2017)
- Presenter, “Defending the High-Profile Client,” at the SDA Attorneys’ Conference (October 2016)
- Moderator, “Current Issues in Criminal Justice Reform,” at the SDA Attorneys’ Conference (October 2016)
- Presenter, “Social Media & Legal Ethics,” Williams & Connolly CLE Presentation (October 2012)